enun·​ci·​ate | \ ē-ˈnən(t)-sē-ˌāt How to pronounce enunciate (audio) \
enunciated; enunciating

Definition of enunciate

transitive verb

1a : to make a definite or systematic statement of
b : announce, proclaim enunciated the new policy
2 : articulate, pronounce enunciate all the syllables

intransitive verb

: to utter articulate sounds

Other Words from enunciate

enunciable \ ē-​ˈnən(t)-​sē-​ə-​bəl How to pronounce enunciate (audio) , -​ˈnən-​ch(ē-​)ə-​ \ adjective
enunciation \ ē-​ˌnən(t)-​sē-​ˈā-​shən How to pronounce enunciate (audio) \ noun
enunciator \ ē-​ˈnən(t)-​sē-​ˌā-​tər How to pronounce enunciate (audio) \ noun

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Examples of enunciate in a Sentence

He set out to enunciate the basic principles of his system. enunciate a basic set of beliefs Children should be taught to enunciate clearly.
Recent Examples on the Web Waiting for the sourdough to rise has given people the patience to enunciate multisyllable names like Genevieve, Josephine, and Theodore. Laura Lane, The New Yorker, 11 Apr. 2022 The fatty meat and wok hei work well together to enunciate the charred flavor in each bite, offset by pungent Thai basil and young green peppercorns. Soleil Ho, San Francisco Chronicle, 26 Oct. 2021 Speaking at a measured pace can also help you to enunciate your words and ensure your colleagues understand each word communicated through the technology. Avery Blank, Forbes, 7 Sep. 2021 To confront the truth is first to enunciate it, and on neither count was American society equal to the task. Matt Brennan, Los Angeles Times, 11 Mar. 2021 Abigail, the first deaf contestant in the franchise's history, reveals her cochlear implants to Matt, who promises to enunciate clearly for her. Hannah Yasharoff, USA TODAY, 5 Jan. 2021 James, in a particularly cute moment, promised to always enunciate clearly for her. Devon Ivie, Vulture, 4 Jan. 2021 The former vice president, who struggled growing up with a stutter, stuttered slightly at the start of the program and at one point squeezed his eyes shut and slowed down his response to clearly enunciate his words. The Associated Press, NOLA.com, 16 Oct. 2020 The former vice president, who struggled growing up with a stutter, stuttered slightly at the start of the program and at one point squeezed his eyes shut and slowed down his response to clearly enunciate his words. Jonathan Lemire, Star Tribune, 16 Oct. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of enunciate

1623, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for enunciate

Latin enuntiatus, past participle of enuntiare to report, declare, from e- + nuntiare to report — more at announce

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“Enunciate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enunciate. Accessed 6 Jul. 2022.

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enun·​ci·​ate | \ ē-ˈnən-sē-ˌāt How to pronounce enunciate (audio) \
enunciated; enunciating

Kids Definition of enunciate

1 : to make known publicly
2 : to pronounce words or parts of words "… Ole Golly sounded terribly proper and enunciated everything quite clearly …"— Louise Fitzhugh, Harriet the Spy

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